Norway’s Defense Minister Enoksen comments on situation in Ukraine: “Allied presence is important”

Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

“The situation in Ukraine is very serious, and the security situation in Europe gives cause for great concern,” Minister of Defense Odd Roger Enoksen (SP) said on Wednesday.

This week, Enoksen has discussed the security situation with several of his colleagues in Europe.

“Allied presence and activity are important to support our common commitment to security and stability in our region. Meeting, sharing, and discussing views with our allies and partner countries in Northern Europe that participate in the JEF is therefore very important,” he noted in a press release.

The countries participating in the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) include Norway, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Sweden. The JEF is a flexible force that can be deployed quickly when needed and contribute together with NATO.

“All ten defense ministers condemn the Russian recognition of the rebel-held areas of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine as independent, the build-up of Russian forces on the border with Ukraine, and further intervention in the Donbass region,” Enoksen said.

At the meeting, the Ministers of Defense agreed to carry out a number of exercises and activities in the JEF countries’ immediate areas – at sea, on land, and in the air. However, no decisions have yet been made as to which exercises and activities Norway will possibly participate in.

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